Posts Tagged ‘rock’

OMG, Your Chance to Audition for the “X Factor” Show on Fox-TV is Coming Up April 18-20, 2012 – See You at the Cow Palace!

Friday, March 9th, 2012

All your deets are right here.

Good luck!

“What are we looking for?

We’re looking for solo singers, girl groups, duos, boy bands or vocal groups. Maybe you and your friends have always wanted to form a group? Now is your time!

The competition is open to everyone that is 12 years old (as of January 1, 2012) and above, with no age cap.

Any type of music works – pop, rock, rap, country, R&B, alternative, hip-hop… you name it!

Where are we going?

This could be your first step to competing for the chance to win a $5 Million dollar recording contract with Sony Music. We are only going to six cities, so make your plans now!

Kansas City, MO – Kemper Arena March 14th (registration March 12 &13)
Austin, TX – Frank Erwin Center March 22nd (registration March 20 & 21)
San Francisco, CA – Cow Palace April 20th (registration April 18 & 19)
Greensboro, N.C. – Greensboro Coliseum May 1st (registration April 29 & 30)
Providence, Rode Island – Dunkin Donuts Center May 10th (registration May 9)

How does it work?

Registration

You MUST register and pick up your wristband the day prior to the audition. The registration is simple – you can stop by anytime within 24 hours prior to the audition day – starting at 6am. If you plan on bringing family and friends to your audition, they must register as well.

You MUST bring two (2) forms of ID to registration day that show proof of your age and a photograph (for example, a birth certificate and driver’s license or a birth certificate and a passport or a birth certificate and a school ID card).

Eligibility:

You must be a US citizen, or eligible to work freely in the US, and not currently under a recording contract.

Anyone younger than 18, that will be attending the auditions (auditioning or not) must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
Minors or those without a driver’s license, who are auditioning or supporters of those auditioning, may use a school ID or acceptable substitute (such as a yearbook page that includes a printed name with photo AND a birth certificate matching the name).
If the minor is too young to have any form of photo ID, then that minor’s parent or guardian should present a photo ID and the child’s birth certificate that includes the parent’s name with the child’s name on the certificate.

Check out the eligibility requirements on http://www.thexfactorusa.com/ and make sure you are eligible to participate!

Audition

On the day of the audition, you need to arrive at the venue before 8am. Please prepare a verse and a chorus of 3 songs without tracks or instruments. Pick your song choice wisely as it should represent you as an artist. Whether you are a soloist or a vocal group, remember this is your time to shine, so make sure that you are well rehearsed and dressed to impress!

There will be a long wait so prepare for the day with suitable snacks, drinks and dress appropriately for the weather. For more information, please visit our website at http://www.thexfactorusa.com/.

If successful, you will need to be available the next day

DISCLOSURE: The fact that you have received this message should not be interpreted as a guarantee of eligibility or success in our competition. Response (or lack of response) to this message, and forwarding (or not forwarding) this message will have NO influence on your standing, if you choose to attend auditions. This is merely an attempt to inform the performing community at large of our open auditions.”

Caught in the Act: The Late-Night Pigeon-Feeders of Union Square

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

People actually go out and feed pigeons in San Francisco.

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I don’t know why.

Family Fun for the Holidays: Going Crabbing at Torpedo Wharf Under the Golden Gate Bridge for Free – No Permits Required

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

Why, this bucolic scene almost looks like Mayberry, R.F.D., excepting for the famous bridge up high.

Check it:

You can legally fish or crab without a license at Torpedo Wharf at the west end of Crissy Field. Look for posted regulations.”

Them’s crabbers down there, that’s what they are, those West End girls and boys

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It’s easy to get started.

All the deets.

Know Your Fireballs: A Giant Meteor High Above California, Nevada, and Arizona This Evening?

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

Is this the thing that everybody’s talking about tonight?

The LA Times says meteor.

Fireballs FAQ from your American Meteor Society.

Follow men’s eyes as they look to the skies 
The shifting shafts of shining weave the fabric of their dreams 

[UPDATE: Here we go, the impression of a Young Artist, suspiciously over-detailed:

Jill Padilla’s son Juan drew this pic right after seeing the strange lights. (credit: Juan Padilla)

Awesome!

Until next time…

Shooting stars never stop/

Monterey Sea Otter Mother Shows Her Pup How to Use a Rock to Eat Some Crab

Friday, August 26th, 2011

This has a better, closer view from the same area along 17 Mile Drive. (No pup though.)

Pup, rock, mom:

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Smash, smash, smash. And then:

Pup, crab, mom:

Nom, nom, nom.

OMG, OMG, It’s the Debut of “SFGate Radio” from Earbits! – A “Free Online Radio Service Designed to Spotlight Local Musicians”

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

It’s here, SFGate Radio is finally here, man:

“With Spotify coming to America, Pandora Media debuting on Wall Street, Rdio possibly hooking up with Facebook and Slacker Radio making a splash, the spotlight on online music has never been more intense. Today, SFGate.com jumps into the competition with SFGate Radio, a free online radio service designed to spotlight local musicians and performances. SFGate is the online home of The Chronicle and both are owned by Hearst Communications Inc.”

All the deets:

“Earbits, one of the more recent entrants to the online radio game which raised $605,000 in seed funding last month, has announced a partnership with SFgate.com, home of the San Francisco Chronicle. The service — dubbed SFGate Radio — will allow listeners to find regional shows and focus exclusively on Bay Area artists and those touring through the region.”

Here’s an early review from Bagdad By The Bay.

Hurray?

Give it a try!

So let’s say that you like what Marie Hines sounds and/or looks like – well then you can see that she will perform at a joint on Arguello tonight:

That’s kind of how it works.

Ever more deets, after the jump.

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This Little Scamp in SoMA is Just Part of the Reason Why It’s Hard to Do Bizness in the 415 – Skipping Stones Across 9th Street

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

This street imp was looking like all the others, just a slob like one of us, until he pulls a rock out of his hoodie and hurls a 70 mph fastball across 9th without really breaking stride. He reared back and hurled but then resumed walking with a quickness.

I was supposing he was throwing the rock at a person but his target was a business vehicle, a white van.

The thing is he threw it down and counted on a random bounce get it up to where it could do some damage.

Anyway, here he is, walking away, all casual, IndyBay personified. If you looked around after getting struck you wouldn’t necessarily suspect him. This kid’s a pro, a professional:

And here’s his rock, found right in the middle of the sidewalk across the street, seen next to a fat lawyer’s shoe for comparison:

How many more stones does this kid have in his hoodie’s marsupial pocket? Probably lots.

So this is why your window gets broken randomly, for no reason.

Now you’d think the hormones coursing through his veins would be telling him to get out there and try to impress girls, or boys, or whomever, you know, so he could have sex or something, right? But no, all that frustration and energy gets poured into another kind of release, the satisfaction of hearing breaking windows or causing grievous bodily injury to random pedestrians on the mean streets of San Francisco.

Oh well…

Magnitude 3.2 Earthquake: San Francsico, 2:29 PM Friday, July 23rd, 2010

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

This must be a twin of the one we just felt on June 28th. Did You Feel It?

Mag= 3.5 3.2, MMI= IV

All the deets of Event nc71436076:

 Magnitude 3.5
Date-Time
  • Friday, July 23, 2010 at 21:29:10 UTC
  • Friday, July 23, 2010 at 02:29:10 PM at epicenter
Location 37.665°N, 122.516°W
Depth 6.7 km (4.2 miles)
Region OFFSHORE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
Distances
  • 5 km (3 miles) NNW (331°) from Pacifica, CA
  • 5 km (3 miles) WSW (237°) from Daly City, CA
  • 5 km (3 miles) WSW (254°) from Colma, CA
  • 15 km (9 miles) SW (215°) from San Francisco City Hall, CA
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 0.2 km (0.1 miles); depth +/- 0.4 km (0.2 miles)
Parameters Nph= 75, Dmin=5 km, Rmss=0.13 sec, Gp=104°,
M-type=local magnitude (ML), Version=2
Source
Event ID nc71436076

 

Little Kids Rock Across America: Dr. Phil Gives a Half-Mil. to San Francisco-Based Foundation

Monday, December 7th, 2009

Little Kids Rock is a San Francisco-based nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing free musical instruments and music instruction to underserved schools across the country. (Amazingly, actor Jack Black does not seem to be involved. Oh well.)

Phil the Thrill McGraw is Dr. Phil, ’nuff said.

Put them together and you get Little Kids Rock Across America. Tune into Dr. Phil on Thursday, December 10, 2009 to see all the fun. Deets below.

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Here it is:

Dr. Phil Foundation to Launch ‘Little Kids Rock Across America’ Creating Transformational Music Programs in Classrooms Nationwide

MIKE EINZIGER (INCUBUS), ZACHARY MERRICK (ALL TIME LOW) AND CHAD SMITH (RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS) JOIN MCGRAW FAMILY TO ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP WITH “LITTLE KIDS ROCK,” WHICH WILL BRING MUSIC EDUCATION AND INSTRUMENTS TO SCHOOL KIDS IN TEN MAJOR CITIES

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 7 /PRNewswire/ — The Dr. Phil Foundation today launches Little Kids Rock Across America with a $500,000 donation designed to restore, revitalize and enhance musical programs in schools in 10 cities across the country.  The program brings music education to schoolchildren from grades K through 12 in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, Atlanta, Washington D.C., Tampa, and two additional cities to be named by the end of  2009. The announcement was made by the Dr. Phil Foundation and its partner Little Kids Rock during today’s taping of DR. PHIL. This episode is scheduled for broadcast Thursday, December 10 (check local listings).

Joining Dr. Phil McGraw at the taping today were some of rock’s top musicians in Mike Einziger (Incubus), Zachary Merrick (All Time Low) and Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers).  Jordan McGraw, musician, composer and youngest son of Dr. Phil and Robin McGraw, also performed with a group of schoolchildren who are part of Little Kids Rock. The Foundation is a McGraw family mission, and Jordan, who has written theme music for DR. PHIL, will act as the Foundation’s ambassador to Little Kids Rock Across America.

Deets after the jump

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San Francisco Surrenders – The Pigeons are Now Firmly in Control

Friday, July 31st, 2009

They’re everywhere.

As seen on Market Street. Mid-Market, actually, home of boarded-up storefronts and empty newsboxes, for some reason. Look at these boids strutting around on the Champs-Élysées of the West” like they own the place.

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I, for one, welcome our new avian overlords. (Actually, maybe not. Histoplasmosis, cryptococcosis, and psittacosis – the risk of contracting those conditions is something to consider before cleaning up after these flying rats.)

Maybe we’ll get the birth control thing figured out one of these days, but probably not.

All Hail King Pigeon.